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Posted on: November 21, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Red Flag Warning for Malibu - Sun, Nov 21, 9AM - Mon, Nov 22, 3PM

Red Flag Trancas Charmlee Parks Closed

UPDATE: Red Flag Warning for Malibu extended - Sunday, 11/21, 9AM through Monday, 11/22, 3PM. Potential PSPS power outage in Malibu Cuthbert Circuit. 

UPDATE 11/21/2021 - RED FLAG WARNING EXTENDED TO MONDAY, 11/22, 3:00 PM - The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Red Flag Warning in effect for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, including Malibu, for Sunday, November 21, 9:00 AM to Monday, November 22, 3:00 PM due to unseasonably warm temperatures, high winds and low humidity. Critical Fire Weather will continue through Monday, November 22. Dangerous sea conditions in nearshore waters, mainly from Ventura to Santa Monica and across the San Pedro Channel, are also expected due to offshore winds.

SCE PSPS POWER OUTAGE ON CUTHBERT CIRCUIT IN MALIBU - Southern California Edison (SCE) has proactively shut off power to the Cuthbert Circuit in the Point Dume area of Malibu (approximately Latigo Cyn Rd to Bonsall Dr, and from PCH approximately one mile inland) due to dangerous fire conditions. To see PSPS information, including maps of the circuits in Malibu, visit SCE is currently inspecting lines to reenergize the circuit. SCE has opened a Community Resource Center (CRC) in the parking lot at Bluff’s Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway. The Center is scheduled to open on Sunday, November 21 at 8 a.m. and will remain open until 10 p.m. The CRC will be staffed by a SCE Customer Service Crew to provide PSPS information and updates, as well as access to power to charge phones and medical devices. For more information about a PSPS go to

Residents should drive cautiously and be prepared for traffic signal outages. Approach any intersection with a broken traffic signal as if it were an all-way stop sign, per California law. 

See fire conditions and forecasts for the Malibu area on the NWS website at

The LA County Fire Department will have augmented staffing in place ready for tactical deployment. 

Due to the Red Flag Warning, the City’s Trancas Canyon Park and Charmlee Wilderness Park will be closed on Sunday, November 21. 


Malibu residents, businesses, employees and others in the community should be prepared for potential fires, evacuations, power and traffic signal outages, downed tree limbs and powerlines, hazardous driving conditions and debris in the road way. Drive with caution, especially on canyon roads. Under California law, always approach an intersection with a malfunctioning traffic signal as if it were an all-way stop sign. See LA County's emergency preparedness guide



Review your emergency plans, including evacuation routes and reunification locations, and check your emergency supplies for expired batteries, food and medication, including for pets. Keep your vehicle gas tank full. Be sure you know how to manually open your garage door if the power is out. Please check in on neighbors, family and friends who are elderly or disabled to make sure they are prepared and informed. See more power outage preparedness info. Review the City’s Evacuation Plan, evacuation zones and maps and evacuation terminology (Order, Warning etc.) on the webpage.



Residents should monitor emergency and weather updates on local AM and FM radio (which will work with handcrank, solar, battery-powered and car radios if the power is out). The City will send out emergency alerts as needed and post all emergency information on the website. All current City alerts are posted on the Alerts webpage. To sign up for alerts from the City via text message or email, visit the Alerts webpage (scroll down to “Alert Center.”)



NWS also issued a high surf advisory for the LA Coast, including Malibu, and Catalina and Santa Barbara Islands from 12:00 PM Monday, October 11 through 8:00 AM Tuesday, October 12, with large breaking waves of 5 to 8 feet and dangerous rip currents. Hazards include an increased risk for ocean drowning, rip currents that can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea, beach erosion, debris in the water, and large breaking waves that can cause injury, wash people off beaches and rocks, and capsize small boats near shore. Always swim near a staffed lifeguard station. If caught in a rip current, relax and tread water. Don`t swim against the current. If able, swim parallel to show until the current diminishes or pushes you back to shore. Face the shore and call and wave for help. See more details on the NWS website.

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